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The Outer Banks Voice – Changing of the Guard at OBX Marina

Changing of the Guard at OBX Marina

By Sandy Semans Ross | Outer Banks Voice March 2, 2022

Texas-based Safe Harbor Marinas is the new owner

Marina OBX at the Wanchese Marine Industrial Park is now under a different owner. Safe Harbor Marinas, the Dallas-based company that bills itself as the world’s largest marina owner and operator, bought the business and assumed the leases of the state-owned land where the marina is located.

Safe Harbor is a subsidiary of Sun Communities, a fully integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The sale was between Safe Harbor and Wayne Umphlett, who held the lease on the property he developed in the marina.

“It’s a good thing for the employees,” said Edward Lee Mann, chairman of the marine park authority. “The [OBX Marina] employees received raises and now enjoy benefits such as a 401K plan and paid vacations, which they did not have in the past. Currently, there are three or four employees at the marina, but more will be hired for the upcoming season.

Bob Peele, the park superintendent, said the company said it had committed $1.5 million for repairs and infrastructure upgrades.

Safe Harbor completed the sale a few months ago after being approved by the authority and then getting approval from the North Carolina State Board which approves leases for all properties in the state.

Opened in 1981, the park is governed by an 11-member board – the Wanchese Marine Industrial Park Authority – which oversees leases and other park issues such as infrastructure which includes both water and a waste treatment.

The park is in Wanchese, on the southern tip of Roanoke Island and comprises 53 acres of land and a 15-acre pond. The businesses that operate there are maritime-type businesses and include commercial fishing, marinas, boat building, and supply stores. The park enters into rental contracts with tenants who are responsible for constructing their own buildings, docks, etc.

“They worked hard to control the marina and its subleases,” said Peele, of Safe Harbor. “Some of the chartered boats had no documentation to prove they were renting. So now everyone who chose to stay there has a three-year written lease,” Peele said.

Mann said the company is talking about trying to help its employees find affordable housing and possibly wants to partner with Albemarle College to provide maritime trade training.

In addition to OBX Marina, the company is working to acquire Blue Water Outer Banks Yacht Service and its subsidiary H&H, as well as Broad Creek Boat Works.

“These sales have been approved by the authority and now await action from the NC State Board which is scheduled to meet in April,” Peele said.

Safe Harbor did not respond to requests for comment.


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